City Lights Bookstore will host a tribute to North Carolina’s natural wonders at 3 p.m. Saturday Bland Simpson has blended history, observation of nature and personal narrative in many books to chronicle the people and places of Eastern North Carolina. Yet he has spent much of his life in the state’s Piedmont, with regular travels into its western mountains.

In “North Carolina: Land of Water Land of Sky,” for the first time, Simpson brings his voice and way of seeing to bear on the entirety of his home state, combining storytelling and travelogue to create a portrait of the Old North State with care and humor.

Three of the state’s finest photographers come along to guide the journey: Simpson’s wife and creative partner, Ann Cary Simpson, professional photographer Scott Taylor, and writer and naturalist Tom Earnhardt.

Their photos, combined with Simpson’s rich narrative, will inspire readers to consider not only what North Carolina has been and what it is but also what we hope it will be.

Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a pianist for The Red Clay Ramblers, the Tony Award-winning string band.

In 2005 he received the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.

All attendees will be required to wear a mask. For more information call City Lights Bookstore at 586-9499.